New Zealand Wine Tasting

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The 2013 New Zealand grape harvest yielded high quality grapes from all regions, and winemakers are heralding it as one of the best vintages in history. 22 wineries are showing their wines at the Dublin show, on Thursday 23rd January, at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel (where I hold my WSET wine courses). Trade tasting: […]


A Wine Goose Chase

Wine Goose Chase

The highly-praised wine show, A Wine Goose Chase with Susan Boyle is coming to Templeogue, on Thursday 31st January 2013, 8pm. If you like the thrill of the theatre, comedy, the history and romance of wine (including Ireland’s links to the wine industry), tasting wine, then you will love this one-woman show.  The performance is just […]

Letting wines breathe

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Is there a benefit in letting a wine breathe? This is a frequently asked question at wine tastings. The answer is generally yes for red wines, as oxygen in the air allows aromas to develop. However, the amount of air which is allowed through the neck of a bottle is minimal. In this scenario, there […]

Royal Wedding champagne

Kate & William

The royal couple have chosen Pol Roger champagne for their wedding celebrations, accordingly to Decanter magazine.  This champagne is known as the gentleman’s champagne, for its association with Sir Winston Churchill (who was a big fan and in whose honour the house’s top wine cuvee was named), and also for its mature and often broad-shouldered […]

Wine Stories from Down Under


Forget about canopy management, malo-lactic fermentation and basket presses, and discover stories behind your favourite wines.  Australian wine is the most popular wine by far in Ireland.  It is larger than the whole of Europe, yet we tend to see it as a country, rather than a continent, and forget that there isn’t one, but a range of wine styles within this.   […]

Probably the best wine job…

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Working in the wine business has quite an allure to many. Even within the wine business, there is a pecking order.  The best job in the world? Possibly selling and promoting champagne.  Laurent-Perrier is one of the ‘grand marques’ or top champagne houses in the region. I had a quick chat with the very charming […]

Valentine’s Day gift for wine lovers

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The perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a wine lover is to spend time in each other’s company, enjoying a shared passion.   A one-day wine course with Premier Wine Training could be the perfect way to do this!  It struck me last weekend, in giving this course, that there were quite a few couples who had booked in and […]

Gifts for wine lovers

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Trying to decide what to give the wine lover in your life for Christmas?  Well the obvious choice is wine.   A safe shortcut in choosing a wine would be to go to a good wineshop, tell them your budget, together with whatever knowledge you have on their preferences, and they will do the rest (they […]

Premier Wine Training introduce gift vouchers

gift vouchers

A little learning for a lifetime’s enjoyment of wine…a gift voucher for a wine course or a wine tasting day is a perfect present.   Give the gift of a lifetime to someone who you know will really appreciate it.  Choosing Premier Wine Training guarantees an entertaining wine course with lots of learning thrown in.  Choose between […]